Despite the fact that the supply of valuable minerals in the United States is depleting, the Biden administration has now reportedly made a policy decision this week that would further worsen the situation, according to Republican legislators and scientists who weighed in on the matter.
On Sunday, the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Department of Agriculture announced a 20-year withdrawal of more than 225,000 acres of northern Minnesota forest land, which is home to some of the greatest domestic mineral deposits.
This restriction, according to the House Committee on Natural Resources, includes the Twin Metals mine, which taps into large domestic reserves of minerals like as copper and nickel, which are required for renewable energy, computer systems, defense applications, and important home items.
“If Democrats were serious about developing renewable energy sources and breaking China’s stranglehold on the global market, they would be flinging open the doors to responsible mineral development here in the U.S.,” the committee’s Chairman Bruce Westerman, R-Ark. remarked in a statement.
“Joe Biden banned mining in 225,000 acres of Minnesota’s Iron Range, and locked up development of taconite, copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum-group elements, and more. Unfortunately, this harm to our country and our future has become the norm, as this president’s goal is to put America last.” Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn said.